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My Toyota car is due for 80,000 km car service. I’ve been going to Toyota for car services previously. For this major service, Toyoto gave me a quote for $750. It is going to be a huge bill for me. I am wondering if anyone knows any good cheaper auto service in Canberra who are good with Toyata cars. Thanks a lot!

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Decoypete 11:30 pm 30 Dec 15

This thread is two years old but taking the advice I couldn’t be happier with JAWS in Phillip, they are straight up with their advice and are great communicators , can not recommend highly enough

4wdElectrical 8:07 pm 30 Oct 15

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I stumbled across Lonsdale Auto Electrical and had a really great experience. Initially I drove out to them in Braddon with a dodgy battery / alternator. Parked a street away. Couldn’t get the truck started when I turned it off. I walked to them and Gordon walked back down with me, and between trying a battery and then his car, he got mine started again. He also gave me an approximate quote for what I needed. No obligation at all.

When I got the opportunity to go back and book in with them, their service was prompt, professional and helpful – they explained what they would do, and why. They never tried to oversell. I have no idea if they are the cheapest for electrical work, but their customer service and professionalism are stellar.

ArcherKindley 9:10 pm 30 Jul 15

Hey friend! Thanks for asking for responses. I am also a Toyata user and I know better how the servicing costs for it. Really it’s too expensive to maintain such brands. It’s true that certified service centers would charge a lot for it but that doesn’t mean that you need to go for an ordinary repair center. You can find cheaper care centers that provide good service. I prefer: http://www.upscaleauto.com/vehicles/toyota/
You may visit it but remember always for a reputed care center rather an ordinary one.

zllauh 3:41 pm 25 Jun 15

Hi Ringer ,

Would certainly recommend getting the car serviced from a local mechanic instead of one of those fancy franchisee model repair mob.

We get our cars repaird from Adrain at Ultimate Tunes.

Good mob, honest advise and has been kind to accomadate even at the last min.

Adrain
4 Bellona Ct, Phillip ACT
(02) 6281 1821
http://www.ultimatetunes.com.au/

My 2 cents.

lenticularis 4:49 pm 23 Jun 15

Looks like I am revising an old thread!

I have a very strong recommendation for International Car Repairs in Dundas Court, Phillip (6282 5868). I have used them for a number of car services (2 different cars). They provide old-fashioned careful, meticulous, polite and good-value service. They are solidly busy for good reason.

I also have used the following with good results:

TechWorkz Automotive in Tuggeranong ( a clutch replacement on a 2006 Subaru Liberty)

Lonsdale Auto Electrics, now located in Fyshwick.

MD-Automotive in Monash

Deref 8:46 am 10 Feb 14

EvanJames said :

Deref said :

I’ve been using Repco City Car Care in Braddon for years. They’re excellent.

Hmmm. I’m trying to be enthusiastic too but casting around for other options, again. What is it about them that you’re really happy about?

The quality of the service, basically. They’re conscientious, always helpful and do a good job. I’ve got confidence in them. 🙂

EvanJames 10:57 pm 08 Feb 14

Deref said :

I’ve been using Repco City Car Care in Braddon for years. They’re excellent.

Hmmm. I’m trying to be enthusiastic too but casting around for other options, again. What is it about them that you’re really happy about?

JC 5:24 pm 08 Feb 14

Ben_Dover said :

Call me Mr Contrary, but I have used the Kmart garage in Hawker for servicing my cars for many years, and am more than happy with the service.

Herin lies the danger of labelling all franchises with the same brush. Just because one doesn’t measure up doesn’t mean they all will as Ben Dover points out from his own experience.

Especially as many of the Shell servos the garage portion are separate small business people who just happen to rent space in what Shell in their wisdom have called Kmart Tyre and Auto, due to their co-branding exercise with Coles.

Will be interesting to see if the co-branding exits after shell offloads their retail assets.

Deref 12:51 pm 08 Feb 14

I’ve been using Repco City Car Care in Braddon for years. They’re excellent.

Ben_Dover 9:57 am 08 Feb 14

Call me Mr Contrary, but I have used the Kmart garage in Hawker for servicing my cars for many years, and am more than happy with the service.

EvanJames 12:16 am 08 Feb 14

Add me to the list of people who’ll tell you never to go to Kmart for a car service. I used the mob in Manuka twice, the second time I knew I was making a mistake. Their upselling is pathetic, the service on both occasions was poor, second time the car came out with a squeak that it has to this day. They’re the one Braddon outfit I won’t be trying.

Masquara 11:17 pm 07 Feb 14

Postalgeek said :

Whether the vehicle is under warranty or not, something anyone can do is go to an auto shop and buy oil, oil filter, fuel filter, and air filter suitable for their vehicle. Check your service book and it’ll let you know what you need. Leave them on the front seat and let the auto service know they are there for the service.

Maybe just give them a ring first to much sure they’re okay with you supplying consumables.

The mark-up on consumables can significantly add to a bill.

You are under NO obligation to go the dealer for servicing. You can go anywhere you want and they are not allowed to void your warranty.

JC 7:30 pm 07 Feb 14

Rollersk8r said :

Well I have nothing to gain by defending them. However, I know what a warranty is and the car was out of warranty when I had the $1100 steering issue fixed.

Plus 15,000km is the standard service interval for most Toyotas – but of course the logbook and Toyota themselves recommend you go in every 7500. It’s not that big a deal.

Fair enough, but two points, most Toyotas are actually 10,000 service intervals but they, the dealers suggest getting the oil changed every 5,000. The Camry and Aurion (since at least the mid 2010 facelif) and maybe now some of the newer model imports are 15,000.

Where it is a big deal as I mentioned is where the fools cannot even get their computer systems to recognise what their OWN maintenance schedules are and then send out reminder sms’s that are incorrectly timed and borderline threatening and against trade practices laws.

As for warranty clearly this will surprise you as you know what one is apparently, but if the manufacturer finds a fault that can be traced to a manufacturing or design issue, regardless of their advertised warranty they are actually obliged to fix it at their cost no matter how old or how many KM’s the car has been driven.

The advertised warranty covers abnormal/premature wear to parts where the wear or fault is not an inherent design or manufacturing issue.

So if your fault was a known issue, then clearly it was a design or manufacturing problem so even if
your car was “out of warranty” then they are still obliged to repair it for free. They then simply bill Toyota Australia. So don’t think that in itself is a sign of good service.

The same applies to more or less everything you buy actually.

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